Briefs: Health Aug. 18, 2009

Free sleep apnea seminars available

• Think you have sleep apnea? You may be able to find out during free monthly seminars offered through Preferred Homecare. Seminars are offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month at 529 25 1/2 Road. Call 257-1565 for information.

Nutrition presentation to be at college

• Learn more about nutrition during a free presentation to be offered Aug. 24 at Mesa State College. Former Fruita High School graduate and nutrition counselor Ryan Andrews will deliver a speech “9 Nutrition Realities” starting at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of the college’s Academic Classroom Building. Andrews is the director of Precision Nutrition. The talk is sponsored by Mesa State College Lectures and Forums.

8-class Mini-Med School starts Sept. 16

• Want to learn more about the human body and how it works? The University of Colorado is offering its Mini-Med School in Grand Junction with eight classes starting Sept. 16. The free lectures start at 7 p.m. at 744 Horizon Court Suite 220.

Twenty-five spaces are available. Call 434-5474 to make reservations. The talks that are transmitted by live video feed are presented by the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Healthy habits for kids starts with parents

• The Mesa County Health Department encourages parents to talk with their children about healthy habits as the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, has been detected in Mesa County. The Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention list four ways to keep from getting the flu:

• Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.

• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

• Stay at home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after all signs of a fever have passed.

• Get your family vaccinated for both seasonal flu and H1N1 when those vaccines become available.

VA relaxes hearing aid guidelines

• Veterans no longer must prove hearing loss is connected to service time to qualify for hearing aids through the Veterans Health System. Any veteran with hearing loss who is eligible and registered for care with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center can receive hearing aids. To be evaluated for a hearing aid, veterans must request an evaluation through their primary health care provider at the medical center. Most veterans on the Western Slope can do this by calling the VA nurse line at 263-2834 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Women enrolled in the Women’s Veterans only clinic should call 263-2850.

Free hypnotherapy session planned

• A free hypnotherapy session will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Clarion Inn in Grand Junction. A donation of $5 is appreciated but not required. The sessions will address letting go of unhealthy habits, quitting smoking, losing weight and reducing stress. The session is offered by New Life Clinics based in Kingman, Ariz. Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the session starts to register, meet with a therapist and be treated. Call New Life Clinics at 1-800-274-3589 or go to for information.

Class helps parents of new drivers

• Get nervous just thinking about teaching your child how to drive? A free class offered by the Mesa County Health Department from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 should help ease those jitters. Topics include the risks of teen driving, tips for teaching, understanding Colorado’s Graduated Driver’s License Law and setting realistic expectations for your teen. Space is limited for the class and registration is required. Call 683-6602 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ale House helps breast cancer event

• The Ale House, 2531 North 12th St., is hosting a free breakfast at 8 a.m. Aug. 27 in advance of an upcoming breast cancer awareness walk. The walk is slated for Oct. 31 in Matchett Park. RSVP for the breakfast to Dusti Reimer at 254-5583.

Sign up for the walk at makingstrides.acsevents.og/mesacounty.


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